As we move into 2022, ransomware shows no signs of slowing down – that’s no surprise. What we have seen in the past 18 months, however, is a shift in tactics: targets have shifted to ever-larger organizations, and the business model that dictates how ransomware attacks occur has evolved.
It’s up to IT professionals to proactively deal with these trends to meet the challenges just on the horizon and beyond. The most significant change Sophos has observed is a shift from bad actors who make their own bespoke ransomware and carry out their own attacks to a model in which one group builds the ransomware and then leases it out to breaking-and-entering, hands-on-keyboard experts. This has changed the threat landscape in many ways.
So what is covered in the 2022 Threat Report?
- The future of ransomware
- The impact of Ransomware-as-a-Service
- The expanding threat of extortion-style attacks
- How misuse of “threat emulation” tools has impacted cybersecurity
- AI and its role in 2022 and beyond
You will find out how malware families have switched their business models to deliver malware payloads more effectively. See how where once attacks could be broken down into two distinct categories, a new hybrid model of broad and targeted attack has emerged. Find out the latest on how malware targets mobile devices and how protecting those devices has become essential. Learn about what has changed in AI and machine learning in cybersecurity and how it is used to predict and prevent cyber threats. Also, discover how criminals are pressuring their victims to pay up.
Cybersecurity never stands still and this year has offered new challenges for practitioners across the globe. The Sophos 2022 Threat Report clarifies the state of cybersecurity, giving organizations the insights they need to defend against evolving attacks.